The Regen Art Lab’s artist residencies are interdisciplinary collaborations between our clean energy experts and a UK-based, early career artists.

The programme aims to work with artists from underrepresented backgrounds in the energy sector (i.e. BIPOC, ethnic minorities, people from low-income backgrounds, and the LGBTQ+ community), to platform these voices and and bring diversity of thought to energy transition topics.

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The overarching aims of the programme are to:

  1. Create engaging artworks which humanise knowledge, reach new audiences, and raise widespread awareness of the energy transition.
  2. Give an early career artist the opportunity to create innovative work in a scientific context.
  3. Platform and bring in under-represented voices in the energy industry to help shape our sustainable futures.

Over the year 2021-2022 the residency focused on the issue of how we will decarbonise home heating.

Most buildings across the UK need to be adapted, or retrofitted, to a non-polluting heating technology, as well as better insulated. Yet there is also no centralised or like-for-like solution – mass participation will be necessary for each building and home to be changed, making this the greatest challenge the UK faces to become a net zero carbon economy.

Website Setup3– Regen’s decarbonisation of heat paper.

Decarbonising heat touches upon deeply personal issues and sits at an intersection of environmental and social justice. For more on the theme, see some of the Regen team’s blogs on the topic: Why decarbonising heat is about peopleCold homes, sore throats, and hospital beds: a case for public spending on retrofitRegen responds to the Green Homes Grant closure.

Meet Karenza Sparks, the 2021-2022 artist in residence

Karenza is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, animator and maker. Through her work, she likes to explore new methods of storytelling and interactive design, using both classical techniques and emerging technologies. Karenza believes that narrative and interaction in design are things which can be uniquely personal and engaging, and aid the imagination of new worlds. Her practice is highly collaborative, which often takes projects in exciting and unexpected directions. Through community projects and play, she aspires to provoke new thoughts and conversations.

 View her research process through her mind-map here, and view her research resources here. You can also see Karenza’s making journey on the Regen Art Lab’s Instagram here.

Residency structure:

  • The first 5 weeks of the residency is focused on research and exploration, with sessions scheduled for the artist to engage with energy experts and community energy members, to develop a concept for the final works.
  • The second 5 weeks of the residency is focused on the collaborative exchange between the energy experts and the artist as they develop the artworks.
  • The final 5 weeks of the residency is focused on the production and exhibition of the artworks, with an Artist Talk to showcase the collaborative experience.

More on the 2021-2022 residency

Blog: the result of the collaborative process

The 2021-2022 residency was supported by the University of Plymouth: Sustainability Hub.

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